29% of the new vehicles sold in Canada in the first five months of 2013 were SUVs or crossovers of some kind. Surprising though it may sound, only 41% of the SUV/CUV market is owned by the Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.
The Detroit Three, including the Fiat 500s which are sold in Chrysler’s Canadian showrooms, own 46% of the overall new vehicle market and 93% of the pickup truck market.
37% of all Detroit Three sales in Canada come from pickup trucks. But don’t take all this to mean that Detroit can’t do successful SUVs and crossovers, and don’t for a second believe it’s a reflection on poor overall SUV sales. Canada’s overall new vehicle market is up 2.4% this year – utility vehicle sales are up 5.6% through the first five months of 2013.
Nine different brands are represented in the top 10. The Ford Escape, Canada’s leading SUV, is up 12% this year and is 3763 sales ahead of the next-best-selling Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 will battle it out with the Honda CR-V for second place for the remainder of the year. Top spot has been righteously claimed.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs by May volume by clicking the May 2013 column header, or you can rank SUVs by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.